Designer: Charlie Albone
Sponsors: Husqvana and Gardena
Award: Silver Gilt
Charlie Albone, an Australian based designer, created his first RHS Chelsea Show Garden, inspired by a space to update his late father about his life since he passed away. An emotive space, the garden has different sections, each telling a story. The first section celebrates life with beautiful, romantic planting; a water feature in the second section offers a space for reflection; and the third, at the rear of the garden, is an intimate space to sit, connect and communicate with loved ones. Varied textures & colours including silver, white, purple and pinks complement the hard landscaping with planting to be enjoyed and supply interest all year round with a highlight in spring.
The plants chosen are all plants that grow well in Charlie’s garden in Australia, one-hour north of Sydney. The front section will have a combination of ball shaped cloud shrubs combined with romantic perennial planting. The rear of the garden will be more shade loving and have more foliage plants as the area is intimate and subdued. Pinks, purples and whites will be the dominate colours of the garden. There will be four great Multistem trees and a feature known as ‘the tree of life’ which is an old dead stump with a Ficus growing through it representing the rebirth of life. 18 hand carved pillars and 19 slabs of sandstone were shipped from Sydney Australia, and a woven copper ring will hang on the hedge above the water feature created by Luke Storrier.